Presbyterian Church of the Good ShepherdCome and See!
810 West Florida Ave, Melbourne, FL 32901
COME AND SEE!
Effective May 2, we have resumed a two Sunday Service format: CAYA (Come As You Are) at 9:05 am in Fellowship Hall and a Traditional Service at 10:55 am in the Sanctuary with overflow in Fellowship Hall. We will continue to live stream on Facebook at 10:55 am and to broadcast on YouTube and website by 1:00 pm or sooner.
During this time of national health concerns, The Presbyterian Church of the Good Shepherd will continue the CDC guidelines: social distancing and masking for all services because we are concerned about the health and safety of all who attend.
We have cancelled choir practice and the adult game activities until further notice.
By working together, we can eradicate this insidious virus! The advice from the CDC is that you should get vaccinated unless your physician tells you that your pre-existing health concerns prevent you from getting a shot. God Bless You!
The Presbyterian Church of the Good Shepherd (USA) is a growing congregation. We gather together from across the Melbourne/Palm Bay area to witness to the love of God in Jesus Christ. While some are lifelong Presbyterians, some come from other Christian traditions and backgrounds, or no religious background at all. We welcome the seeker, the devout, and the skeptic alike as we gather to learn, serve, and grow as disciples. We are confident you will find a way to experience and share God’s love at Good Shepherd. Come and See! Join Us!
Thank you for visiting our website. As pastor of Good Shepherd, it is my hope that you will enjoy it as you learn more about our community of faith. Our doors are wide open to people from all backgrounds, regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey. Together, we are striving to become the kind of church described in the Bible, where there is relevant teaching, heart-felt worship, honest friendships, constant prayer, compassionate care for those in need, and many opportunities to serve others. We strive to have the kind of contagious Christianity that can make a difference in our world today.
You are cordially invited to join us this coming Sunday as our church family gathers to draw near to God through Worship.
Yours in Christ,
Scripture for Sunday, September 26, 2021
Genesis 27:1-4, 15-23
The Stairway to Heaven
27 When Isaac had become an old man and was nearly blind, he called his eldest son, Esau, and said, “My son.”
2-4 “I’m an old man,” he said; “I might die any day now. Do me a favor: Get your quiver of arrows and your bow and go out in the country and hunt me some game. Then fix me a hearty meal, the kind that you know I like, and bring it to me to eat so that I can give you my personal blessing before I die.”
15-17 Rebekah took the dress-up clothes of her older son Esau and put them on her younger son Jacob. She took the goatskins and covered his hands and the smooth nape of his neck. Then she placed the hearty meal she had fixed and fresh bread she’d baked into the hands of her son Jacob.
18 He went to his father and said, “My father!”
“Yes?” he said. “Which son are you?”
19 Jacob answered his father, “I’m your firstborn son Esau. I did what you told me. Come now; sit up and eat of my game so you can give me your personal blessing.”
20 Isaac said, “So soon? How did you get it so quickly?”
“Because your GOD cleared the way for me.”
21 Isaac said, “Come close, son; let me touch you—are you really my son Esau?”
22-23 So Jacob moved close to his father Isaac. Isaac felt him and said, “The voice is Jacob’s voice but the hands are the hands of Esau.” He didn’t recognize him because his hands were hairy, like his brother Esau’s.
23-24 But as he was about to bless him he pressed him, “You’re sure? You are my son Esau?”
“Yes. I am.”
10-12 Jacob left Beersheba and went to Haran. He came to a certain place and camped for the night since the sun had set. He took one of the stones there, set it under his head and lay down to sleep. And he dreamed: A stairway was set on the ground and it reached all the way to the sky; angels of God were going up and going down on it.
13-15 Then GOD was right before him, saying, “I am GOD, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. I’m giving the ground on which you are sleeping to you and to your descendants. Your descendants will be as the dust of the Earth; they’ll stretch from west to east and from north to south. All the families of the Earth will bless themselves in you and your descendants. Yes. I’ll stay with you, I’ll protect you wherever you go, and I’ll bring you back to this very ground. I’ll stick with you until I’ve done everything I promised you.”
16-17 Jacob woke up from his sleep. He said, “GOD is in this place—truly. And I didn’t even know it!” He was terrified. He whispered in awe, “Incredible. Wonderful. Holy. This is God’s House. This is the Gate of Heaven.”
Every child has a story. God is dealing with every kid, regardless of how many times they come to church. Treat every Sunday like it is the only Sunday that some kid has. Did they hear about Jesus? Did they feel loved? Did someone ask about them? Nurture these precious children! Whether they are wee little ones or teenagers, we have programs for them all!
Gregorian Chant Choral.
The music that was playing before the start of the worship service is a type of music called Gregorian Chant Choral. Some of you may have recognized it. Ed Denman will be starting and directing a Gregorian Chant group called MAGI (Modern Acoustic Gregorian Intonations)! We would love to have interested gentlemen join this small group opportunity (there are a few openings for ladies too!). It will be a time to learn something new and to experience great fellowship as well. The tentative start date is July 19 at the church at 7:00PM. Temporarily on hold, due to Covid. If you have any questions you may contact Ed through the church office. Your inquiry will be forwarded to him.
The Music Program
Good Shepherd held a Christmas Eve Service this year which was attended by congregants who observed all Covid protocols. It was a celebration that the church has every year. Everyone enjoyed the singing of carols, the ringing of the bells, the telling of the Christmas Story, and the camaraderie in the sanctuary.
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At the Presbyterian Church of the Good Shepherd
Our mission is to help connect people to faith
A Shepherd leads, cares for, and loves his sheep. The sheep knows the voice of their shepherd, they follow him, and him alone. Even the lost lamb is found and carried in the loving arms of his caregiver. At the Presbyterian Church of the Good Shepherd we listen to the voice of the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ; we follow the will of our creator God; we are empowered to be obedient sheep through the Holy Spirit. Jesus commanded us to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and mind, and to love one another as he has loved us. That’s our challenge – lead, care for, love, and bring home God’s children. We invite you to join us as we journey and grow in our community of obedient and loving sheep under the care of the Good Shepherd.
Sheep know the voice of their shepherd. If you would like to learn more about the language of sheep, click here. We watched part of this video in a sermon. Watch it all here! COME AND SEE! BAA, BAA, BAA!
The Binding of Isaac
Sunday, September 19, 2021
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